Monday, January 28, 2008

Client Appreciation Party

This past week, I held my annual Client Appreciation Party. To be invited to the party, invitees must have either referred me to a prospective client (closed transaction or not) or have been a recent client that I represented on a purchase or sale that closed escrow. Currently, I have an annual party but my goal is to add an additional one as my business grows. So, you too, can be invited by referring someone you care about for expert advice on the purchase or sale of residential or commercial real estate or if you need a trusted real estate advisor.

This time we had a dinner party at Midori Japanese Restaurant (1066 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087; 408-985-1000) in Sunnyvale. We were "holed-up" in the tatami room in the restaurant so we wouldn't be disturbed AND we couldn't disturb the "normal" patrons! Food was excellent and included a selection of tasty sushi and sashimi appetizers, wide variety of entree combinations, dessert and beverages (including adult beverages).

For the invitees, there were drawings for prizes available to those present -- you know those that must be present to win. The lovely gifts ranged from a pass to visit the Pavia Day Spa in Saratoga (12840 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga, CA 95070; 408-741-1555; to lovely gift combinations that my creative wife, Carol, put together and wrapped so beautifully.

Each invitee was allowed to bring an adult guest and received a gift bag with a wonderful bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon wine, heart-shaped box of See's Candies chocolates and a gift card to use on their next visit to Elephant Bar (19780 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014; 408-865-0701;

A couple of the invitees were attending their second Client Appreciation Party in a row! A couple of interesting comments were:

  • Ron, invited because he referred me to a prospective client, made a comment of how I was able to help him and his partners in their commercial transaction that saved them a lot of money; and,

  • Gabriela, also invited due to a referral she made to me, said that she was suggesting to her in-laws that it was time for them to downsize from their very large home and was advising them to hire me to handle everything.

The variety of invitees ran the gamut from first time buyers to those referring prospective clients and came from as far away as San Ramon and included such occupations as a loan officer, banker, newspaper advertising representative, attorney, occupational therapist, software engineer and sales executive. Conversational topics ranged from high-tech to movies to travel.

Oh, I almost forgot! Everybody had FUN! I know this because absolutely nobody complained!

I can't wait to have another Client Appreciation Party because I get to thank some of those that are the heart of my business. And, getting close to Valentine's Day, it makes perfect sense!

Thanks for reading!

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